To what extent is Nepal’s community forestry contributing to the sustainable development goals?

An institutional interaction perspective

K. Aryal, H. K. Laudari, H. R. Ojha

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After the introduction of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, existing development institutions are being assessed for their roles in achieving SDGs. In this context, we aim to assess how and to what extent Nepal’s community forestry (CF) is contributing to achieve the SDGs. Using an institutional interaction perspective, we conducted policy analysis, literature review and expert consultation. The analysis was guided by six analytical questions covering policy provision, institutional practices, and actors’ perception. After four decades of successful implementation, CF has become a strong local institution in Nepal to deliver multiple social and environmental outcomes. The result shows that CF is contributing to 80 targets of the SDGs at various scales of institutional interface. Furthermore, CF is found to be interactive with a range of social, economic, and environmental aspects of the SDGs. We argue that CF has the potential to make significant contributions to SDGs, thus providing a solid institutional framework to efficiently translate SDGs into actions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Jun 2019

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